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A mass for a canonization ceremony of Pope Paul VI and the martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, as well as five other people, was in St Peter's Square at the Vatican, on Sunday. Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Chilean demonstrators light candles during an August vigil in Santiago that protested the sex abuse scandal roiling the Catholic Church. Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The two met in 2015 during the pope's visit to Washington, D.C. Gary Cameron/Reuters hide caption

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Pope Francis has removed Fernando Karadima from the priesthood, seven years after the Vatican found that Karadima had sexually abused minors in Chile. Vladimir Rodas/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Francis released a letter on Wednesday urging Catholics to trust his decision to form an agreement with the Chinese government on the appointment of bishops in China. Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Archbishop Jose Gomez (left) and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo arrive at the Perugino Gate to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday to discuss the sex abuse crisis within the church. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis arrives as people gather for the Mass in Phoenix Park on Sunday in Dublin. Matt Cardy/Getty Images hide caption

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Pope Ends Visit To A Disillusioned Ireland, Where Church Authority Has Plunged

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Pope Francis holds his weekly general audience at the Vatican on Wednesday. Pressure is mounting on the pontiff as more and more church sexual abuse scandals unfold around the world. Andrew Medichini/AP hide caption

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Pope Francis Visits Ireland Amid Church Scandals Across The World

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Pope Francis addresses the International Pilgrimage of the Ministrants last month in St. Peter's Square in the Vatican. Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An abortion-rights activist reacts outside the National Congress in Buenos Aires, on Thursday to news that the Senate voted to reject a bill that would have legalized abortion. Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Now-former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson is the most senior Roman Catholic clergyman in the world to be convicted of covering up clergy sex abuse. Darren Pateman/AP hide caption

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